UK Nonlinear News, May 2000


Research Programmer

Postdoctoral Positions



Postgraduate Studentships

Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Group, Department of Engineering Mathematics

University of Bristol

Postgraduate Studentships at the Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Group, Department of Engineering Mathematics, Bristol Several PhD studentships are available for students to join the Applied Nonlinear Mathematics group at the Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol. The ANM group provides a stimulating and exciting environment for postgraduate research. It is at the forefront of both the latest developments in dynamical systems theory and its applications to diverse areas of engineering, science and technology. The Engineering Mathematics Department benefits from its position in one of the top rated Faculties of Engineering in the UK. It will play a key role in running the highly interdisciplinary Bristol Laboratories for Advanced Dynamics Engineering (BLADE) which will be built thanks to a JIF grant recently awarded to the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol. Our research was rated 5 in the last RAE. Interested candidates are encouraged to browse our research pages on and make informal contact with a potential research supervisor directly or with the postgraduate admissions tutor, Dr Alan Champneys Email:

Source: Mario di Bernardo

Postgraduate Studentship

Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol

Postgraduate Studentship at the Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol. The IEEE Society for Circuits and Systems has recently dedicated a feature article of their Newsletter to current research on the analysis of piecewise smooth dynamical systems carried out by the Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Group at the Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol (see Students interested in working on these and other aspects of dynamical systems theory can contact Dr. Mario di Bernardo for further information. An EPSRC Pool Studentship is available immediately- this provides financial support for a home/EU student to carry out a PhD within the Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Group.

For further details, please contact:

Dr. Mario di Bernardo
Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Group
Department of Engineering Mathematics
University of Bristol
Bristol BS8 1TR
Tel. 0117-9288921

Source: Mario di Bernardo

Research Computer Programmer

The Mathematics Institute

University of Warwick

The Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick seeks a Research Computer Programmer, preferably with PhD experience in Nonlinear Dynamics. For further information see Deadline extended to 15 May.

Contact person:

Prof. R.S.MacKay
Director of Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research
Mathematics Institute
Gibbet Hill Rd
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
Tel: +44 24 765 22218
Fax: +44 24 765 24182

Source: Robert MacKay

Localized Buckling of Subsea Pipelines

Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics and its Applications

University College London

Applications are invited for a fully funded three year PhD studentship (at EPSRC rates) to investigate the application of nonlinear dynamics techniques to the localized buckling of subsea pipelines.

The project is to be jointly supervised by Dr Avril Blackmore of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Professor Michael Thompson of the Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics and its Applications (CNDA) at UCL. The CNDA has a strong record in the application of nonlinear dynamics techniques to spatial localization in structures.

Candidates with backgrounds in mathematical and physical sciences or engineering are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a CV to:

Dr Avril Blackmore
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University College London
Gower Street London
Tel: 020 7679 7851
Fax: 020 7380 0986

to whom informal enquiries may also be addressed.

Source: Avril Blackmore

Research Fellow in Nonlinear Dynamics

Department of Engineering

Aberdeen University

The duties of the post funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will be research within the Department of Engineering at Aberdeen University for a duration of 14 months. Applicants must have a strong background in experimental and theoretical nonlinear dynamics and skills to carry out a study and design a new generation of drill-bits applicable to downhole drilling. The concept of percussive drilling and impacting oscillators will be explored. Candidates who can show evidence of previous work on nonlinear dynamics of discontinuous mechanical systems will have a distinct advantage. The experimental part of the project will be conducted to verify the theoretical predictions, and candidates must have good knowledge and experience of measuring dynamical signals. Applicants should have a PhD degree in applied mechanics/mathematics or mechanical engineering, and relevant experience. The closing date is 20 May 2000.

Informal enquiries should be directed to:

Dr M Wiercigroch
Tel. +44 1224-272509

Source: Marian Wiercigroch

Evolution in Spatial Systems : Long-term changes in Disease Behaviour.

Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge.

Applications are invited for a BBSRC postdoctoral fellow to study evolution in spatial models, with the aim of applying this theory to disease behaviour and drug resistance. Familiarity with spatial or mathematical models is desirable, as is a good grasp of nonlinear dynamics, but an interest in mathematical biology is of prime importance. Funding is available from October 2000 and for up to 36 months.

 The research would take place in a large inter-disciplinary group, which studies various aspects of epidemiology and disease dynamics (Parasite Population Dynamics Group).

For further details please contact Matt Keeling ( or phone 01223 330110.

Dr Matt Keeling
Dept. of Zoology,
University of Cambridge.
Downing Street.

Source: Matt Keeling

Intermittency and Bursting through Symmetry Breaking Applications

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge &

Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Surrey

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research position starting in October 2000 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is tenable for up to 3 years. The position is to work with Dr A.M. Rucklidge, at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, and with Dr P. Ashwin, at the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Surrey. The researcher will primarily be located with Dr Rucklidge, but will also spend up to two months per year with Dr Ashwin. This post will be on the Cambridge research salary scale GBP16,286 - GBP24,479, depending on age and experience. The position has been funded to study intermittent behaviour or bursting in symmetric problems, particularly when symmetries are broken by external influences. The successful candidate is likely to have or about to be awarded a PhD in Nonlinear Dynamics and have experience with symmetric systems. Numerical as well as analytical skills are required. For informal enquiries and further details, please contact Dr Rucklidge ( or Dr Ashwin (, or visit the website

The closing date for applications is 19 May 2000. The Universities follow an equal opportunities policy.

Applications (including a C.V., a 500-word statement of research experience and e-mail addresses of three referees) should be made to:

Dr A.M.Rucklidge
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Silver Street
Cambridge CB3 9EW

Source: Alastair Rucklidge

Mathematical Modelling of Ductal Carcinoma in situ

University of Nottingham and University of Sheffield

Applications are invited for a 2-year EPSRC-funded postdoctoral research position to study ductal carcinoma in situ. Ideally, you should have a PhD (or equivalent qualification) in applied mathematics, and experience of at least two of the following areas of mathematics: mathematical modelling, mathematical biology, solid mechanics and numerical methods for solving partial differential equations. An interest in collaborating with clinicians and experimental biologists is also desirable. For further information please contact either Dr Helen Byrne (School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham) (email: or Professor Claire Lewis (Department of Pathology, University of Sheffield) (email:

Source: Helen Byrne

Lectureship in Applied Maths

Department of Mathematical Sciences

University of Liverpool

Applications are invited for a permanent post of a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool. The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Liverpool University is one of the best centres in the country for both teaching and research. The Department was awarded 23 marks (out of 24) at the recent Teaching Quality Assessment, and it was rated 5 (out of possible 5) for Pure Mathematics and 4 (out of possible 5) for Applied Mathematics at the 1996 Research Assessment Exercise. The research expertise of Academic Staff at the Division of Applied Mathematics is in:

Candidates are required to have PhD in Applied Mathematics or Theoretical Physics and are supposed to have strong research records. The successful candidate will be expected to interact with the existing research groups within the Department, although candidates with any research interests are invited to apply. The salary is on the Lecturer scale. Closing date for submission of applications is May 12th, 2000. Informal contact may be made directly with Professor J.W. Bruce on +44-(0)151-7944062 (e-mail: or Dr. M.A. Ball on +44-(0)151-7944006 (e-mail: Further information is available on the website Application forms and further particulars may be obtained from:

Mr. G. Scully
Personnel Department
Senate House
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 3BX, U.K

Source: Mike Ball

Lecturer in Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

University of Waikato

The University of Waikato invites applications for a Lecturer in Mathematics within the Department of Mathematics, preferably commencing no later than the date 1 February 2001. This is a tenure track (i.e. continuing) position. The successful applicant will have a PhD degree and have demonstrated the ability to sustain a successful teaching and research career. The appointee will be expected to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and undertake graduate supervision. Applicants with expertise in engineering or applied mathematics are strongly encouraged to apply. The current salary range for Lecturers is NZ$43,853-NZ$54,049 per annum. Information about the present staff and their research interests can be found at

Further information of an academic nature may be obtained from the Chairperson of Department, Associate Professor Kevin Broughan ( Information about the University of Waikato is available at Details of the method of application can be obtained from:

Human Resource Management Division
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton, New Zealand
Tel: 64-7-838 4003
Fax: 64-7-856 0135

Applications, on the University of Waikato form, quoting the vacancy number A00/93, close on 28th July 2000.

Source: Rua Murray

Professor of Applied Mathematics

School of Mathematics

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol invites applications for the post of Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics from persons of outstanding research achievement in areas of applied mathematics, or mathematical physics, including scientific computation and numerical analysis. This post is related to the retirement of Professor Philip Drazin. Preference may be given to active researchers who would strengthen and broaden existing areas of research within the School's Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis Group, or in the Department of Engineering Mathematics. The University of Bristol is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Informal enquiries are welcome, and may be made to:

Head of School: Dr. W.G.C. Boyd
School of Mathematics
University of Bristol
University Walk
Bristol BS8 1TW
Tel: +44 (0) 117 928 7974).

Source: Howell Peregrine

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